15 Best Spots for Fall Colors in and around Los Angeles

Californians are lucky in that the fall colors are more predictable than those of New England, where temperature and moisture levels are quite critical to a good show. In California, if you miss the color at a certain elevation just go higher into the mountains until you find the color – also the large variety of trees in California, both indigenous and exotic make for some spectacular displays. From parks within the city to road trips to national and state parks there are plenty of opportunities to make the best of the leaf-peeping season.

1. Descanso Gardens


To book for the docent guided walks held in October and November contact the above number. If you want to stroll around on your own in the 150-acre garden then The Promenade will have some fall foliage near the water, also look out for color in the California Natives section. The Coast live oaks that are evergreen turn beautiful coppery red shades and are a few centuries old – remnants of a forest that once covered the area. At the Japanese Garden take in the maples with their plum and red foliage. The tulip tress will be glowing with gold. It’s suitable for young kids, and there is even a little train parents and kids can ride to get around the gardens if little ones get tired of walking.

Where: 1418 Descanso Drive, a Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011.
Hours: 9 am to 5 pm daily.
Cost: Adults $9, Children ages 5 to 17 $4.
Contact: (818) 949-4200

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